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Keith Barney

Lecturer, Resources, Environment, and Develoment Group


Ph.D. (Geography, York University, Toronto, Canada, 2011) M.E.S. (Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada, 2002) B.Sc. (Biological Science, University of Guelph, Canada, 1998)

Contact details

Phone: 6125 4957

Room: Crawford 3.22

Keith Barney has conducted research on sustainable forestry and land management, and natural resource policy in Southeast Asia for the past 15 years, including fieldwork in Lao PDR, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam. His conceptual interests lie at the intersections between political ecology, economic geography, and agrarian change. He is particularly interested in how new resource sector investments and global production networks transform environments, alter property rights and local livelihoods, and produce new state-society relations in contemporary Southeast Asia.

Career Highlights

  • 2012 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan
  • 2011 York University Faculty of Graduate Studies Dissertation Prize, for “Grounding Global Forest Economies: Resource Governance and Commodity Power in Rural Laos”

Research interests

  • Resource Geography
  • Political Ecology
  • Agrarian Change, Rural Migration
  • Forest and Land Policy, Resource Tenure and Access
  • Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in Asia
  • Social Impacts of Hydropower Development
  • Lao Studies
  • Focus on Mainland Southeast Asia


Semester 1 2017:

EMDV 8102 Research Methods for Environmental Management

EMDV 8008 Research Proposal

Semester 2 2017:

EMDV 8009 Asia Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions

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